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North America » Canada » Yukon July 6th 2013

Geo: 60.1727, -132.719 We were up early to a chilly 37 degrees today, so we got out our Gerbings heated jackets and hit the road a little before 7:00 a.m. We continued north for the last leg of our journey on Cassiar Hwy 37 through the amazingly beautiful wilderness of northern British Columbia, passing a number of lakes and majestic mountain peaks. It was nearly 3 hours before hitting the Yukon border and finally the Alaska Highway at Junction 37. We took a little detour east to Watson Lake, where we finally had our first cup of coffee for the day and breakfast. By then it had warmed up to the 60's! We stopped at the famous Signpost Forest for photos and were amazed at the number of signs from cities all over the world. From ... read more
Mud Lake
Sign Post Forrest
Simpson Peak east of Rancheria

North America » Canada » British Columbia July 5th 2013

Geo: 58.4387, -129.989 For those of you just joining our travelogue, here's the link for our Spot GPS tracking device to see our location real-time: It started raining pretty hard as we ate breakfast in the motel dining room in Smithers. The storm passed long enough for us to pack up and head out of town around the Seven Sisters. Ominous clouds threatened all day, with rain squalls and heavy black clouds all around us. Temps stayed in the upper 50's. We stopped in Kitwanga at the base of the Seven Sisters mountains, the start of the Stewart-Cassiar Hwy 37 north. From this point on it was a spectacular ride through the wilderness of British Columbia. The mountains, rivers, and valleys were a visual feast, in spite of the ominous black clouds the covered most ... read more
Dark clouds throughout the day
The start of Hwy 37
One of many steel bridges along the way

North America » Canada » British Columbia July 4th 2013

Geo: 58.4387, -129.989We made it to Dease Lake. We'll tell you all about it tomorrow. Tonight we are relaxing and celebrating the 4th of July.... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Smithers July 3rd 2013

Geo: 54.7828, -127.168We were on the road again at 6:45 (it's become our usual takeoff time) and headed back to Quesnel for fuel, breakfast and to pick up Hwy 97 north to Prince George. It was a chilly 43 coming back down from Wells, and along the way we spotted our first "wildlife" - a large black bear crossing the road about 200 yards in front of us. In Quesnel we ate at Granvilles Coffee House and Restaurant on Reid St. Awesome baked goods, coffee, and great prices for breakfast. Plus, we could sit outside along the sidewalk and enjoy the morning sunshine! The temperature hit 70 as we made our way north under clear blue skies, following the Fraser River again. At Prince George we picked up the Yellowhead Hwy 16 for the last half ... read more
Hwy 97 to Prince George
Hwy 16 north of Houston
Approaching Smithers

North America » Canada » British Columbia July 2nd 2013

Geo: 53.1015, -121.574What a difference a day makes!We awoke to clear skies in spite of the forecast of possible thunder storms. After packing up, we hit the road again at 6:30, delighted to find the temperatures in the mid-60s. Continuing north along the "Gold Rush Trail," we enjoyed the open road, minimal traffic, and the endless view of a lush, green forests and valleys.We stopped for breakfast at the restaurant/store/post office,/gas station in 150 Mile House, then continued north on Hwy 97, past Williams Lake and the town of Williams, and on to Quesnel, with its large pulp mill, along the Fraser River. Turning east on Hwy 26, we drove another 50 miles to Wells through endless canyons of lush green timber. Along the way we stopped to check out the historic site at Cottonwood, with ... read more
Cottonwood Road House
Hwy 26 to Wells

Geo: 51.6475, -121.29 Another gorgeous morning greeted us! After having our coffee on a deck with great views of the town and surrounding mountains, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at the motel. We left Leavenworth about 7:30 under clear skies, heading west on a virtually deserted Hwy 2, over Stevens Pass. (Recommend you do this wonderful motorcycle road during the week as the weekend traffic is bumper to bumper.) At Everett, we picked up I-5 north for the one hour run up to Bellingham in light traffic, then onto Hwy 542, the Mt. Baker Scenic Hwy. We traveled on this great country road, passing lots of bikes heading south from Canada, and from Nuggents Corner on Hwy 9, north to the border at Sumas, with Mt. Baker sitting in its hazy slendor to the east. After ... read more
"You got all that on your bike?"
Stevens Pass Summit
Hwy 2 cruising

Geo: 47.5964, -120.66 It was a wonderful day of extremes. We got on the road at 6:00 just after sunrise to a brisk 46 degrees or the trip north on 97, the "Oregon Scenic Byway." Along the way the snow-shrouded Cascade range showed off it's stately elegance: Bachelor, the Sisters, Jefferson, and Mt. Hood kept us company along the way. By the time we crossed the Columbia River into Washington it was a toasty 90 degrees. Mt. St. Helens was majestic as it jutted up behind the farmland and hills in the distance. The temps continued to climb as we reached Yakima, "the Palm Springs of Washington" where it hit 97. (The real Palm Springs hit 122.) We stopped to cool off at a Yakima Nation tribal fruit stand, and enjoyed fresh-picked apricots, peaches, cherries and ... read more
Local car enthusiast in Shaniko, OR
Columbia River, Washington State
Mt. St. Helens

North America » United States » California June 29th 2013

Geo: 39.2193, -121.059It was just after 6:30 am when we hit the road with a great sendoff and fanfare from cousins Miki, Andy and Paula. Under bright blue skies and temps in the mid-60s we headed north on Hwy 49 to 89, stopping for breakfast in Graeagle. We worked our way over to 395 and then north to Susanville, as the temperatures hovered in the mid-80s. We took the scenic route on Hwy 139 past Eagle Lake through the Modoc National Forest, and had the highway pretty much all to ourselves. Mt. Shasta kept an eye on us all the way to the Oregon border, where we picked up 97 in Klamath Falls. Continuing north past Crater Lake (no time to stop this trip) we arrived at our motel in Chemult after a nine hour day ... read more
Eagle Lake on 139
Kalmath Lakes, OR
Mt. Shasta in the distance

Geo: 39.2193, -121.059Saturday we hit the road for our big Alaska adventure. We plan on updating this travel journal often with photos and commentary, and although we may not have a chance to post every day, we will catch up when we can.Here's a link to our Spot Tracker which will show our location in real time on a Google map:!... read more

Geo: 39.2193, -121.059Here's the link to all the photos from our trip:Trip Photos... read more

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